Mix a scenic nature tour with a natural water roller coaster, and you have a white water rafting trip. If you’ve never been white water rafting, you’re missing out.

But since you’re here, you likely have a trip planned. So here’s the white water rafting gear you’ll need on your trip.

When you pack for the adventure of a lifetime, don’t forget these essentials.

Clothes

Depending on whether your trip will be on a warmer day or a colder, day, the specific gear you need will vary slightly. But this is a good place to start.

Avoid cotton clothes. They tend to get cold when they get wet. And if you have a good trip, you’ll get wet.

Dress in layers depending on the day. You can wear a swimsuit as your bottom lawyer, then add shorts and a synthetic top. If the weather looks cold, top off your outfit with wind and waterproof outer shells. You may want to rent a wet suit if it’s going to be particularly chilly.

You must have good water shoes. Look for sandals with straps around your ankle. No flip-flops, you’ll lose them and be without shoes. Quality water shoes or water boots work well too.

Consider a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses with a strap to help protect you from the sun.

Off the Water Gear

Depending on the river rafting trip you book, you’ll need extra gear. If you’ll be gone overnight, you’ll need another set of clothes for when you’re on dry land. Pack dry warm clothes to snuggle down in at the end of an exciting day.

Depending on where you’re planning your trip, remember even summer nights can get cold. Bring warm sleep gear and even a warm hat.

You’ll also want a pair of “camp slippers.” These shoes should be comfortable to relax in and easy to slip on and off as you get in and out of the tent.

Bring along a bag to put your wet clothes in to keep your dry clothes from getting soggy, damp, and cold.

And don’t forget a towel!

On the River Gear

When you’re on the river, leave electronics or anything expensive at home. You don’t want them to get wet and ruined or lose them in the waves.

But, there are a few things you will need. Bring a water bottle and snacks for the river. You’ll also need sunscreen and potentially bug spray.

Accidents and deaths are rare when you’re rafting with a professional company. Depending on the trip, you may be required to wear a helmet, and you’ll be provided with a life vest.

Other Essentials

Depending on what company you book your trip with and how long you plan to be out, you may need to bring other gear. Ask if you’ll need supplies like a tent, sleeping pad, or other camping gear.

Also pack your toiletries, lotion, and biodegradable soap if you want to rinse off after a day on the river.

Don’t Forget Your White Water Rafting Gear Essentials

When you’re planning your trip, don’t forget these white water rafting gear essentials. And when in doubt, talk to your rafting guide. They’ll be sure to have expert tips for your particular trip.

Their main goal is to make sure you have a good time, so ask away!

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